Doug Bracewell managed to pick up just a couple of wickets in the first Test at Wellington © Getty Images
Doug Bracewell managed to pick up just a couple of wickets in the first Test at Wellington © Getty Images

New Zealand fast bowler Doug Bracewell has been ruled out of the New Zealand vs Australia 2015-16 second Test at Christchurch due to a shoulder injury. Bracewell did not fly with his teammates to Christchurch as he was complaining of pain on his right shoulde following New Zealand’s embarrassing innings and 52 runs defeat at the hands of Australia in the first Test at Wellington. Bracewell had a scan on the injured shoulder and it was discovered there was a strain to the rotator calf muscle in his bowling arm. Bracewell returnd with figures of 2 for 127 in the first Test and contributed a total of 19 runs, both innings combined. Full Scorecard: New Zealand vs Australia 2015-16, 2nd Test at Christchurch

“Doug has been a consistent performer for us this summer and put a lot of work into his game, so to miss out on the final Test against Australia is very disappointing for him and us,” Black Caps coach Mike Hesson said. “He’ll be given time to recover and we’ll work with him to get him back training as quickly as possible,” according to cricket.com.au. READ: Doug Bracewell has undergone massive transformation, says his former New Zealand A manager

Neil Wagner or Matt Henry could replace Bracewell for the match that New Zealand have to win and level two-Test series. Ross Taylor and Mitchell Santner have been ruled out for the second Test as well. “Everyone wants to play against Australia, so both guys are understandably disappointed to be missing out,” said Hesson on Monday.

“The players and the medical staff worked hard to be available for the match, but in the end ran out of time. “Ross is back hitting balls again and is targeting a return in the Island of Origin match before we head away to the ICC World Twenty20,” he added.